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27 Jul 2015 description


Persons with disabilities often experience discrimination and exclusion, despite the adoption of an increasingly rights-based approach to humanitarian assistance. The past three decades have witnessed a growing awareness of disability issues and the emergence and spread of disabled people’s organisations.

The growing awareness must be accompanied by practical measures to identify and reduce the barriers faced by persons with disabilities in an emergency situation.

04 Mar 2015 description
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The first accessible, para-seismic, hurricane-proof school building in Haiti – the Pazapa Centre – was inaugurated on February 27, 2015 in Jacmel.

School premises in Pazapa

11 Jan 2012 description
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For many Haitians, the effects of the devastating 2010 earthquake still dictate their lives. From the beginning, CBM and local partners were involved in the response, but the strategy has always been long-term. For all programmes, CBM is working with the local organisations to build expertise and training of skilled workers in order to strengthen self-responsibility and independence.

Effects of earthquake are long-term

12 Jan 2011 description
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One year ago, on January 12th 2010, Haiti was struck by an earthquake. Both the immediate and the long-term effects were enormous.

12 Jul 2010 description
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Stouffville, ON, July 12, 2010 - Six months ago, a 7.0 earthquake in Haiti killed 230,000, injured 300,000 and left over a million people homeless. cbm Canada was able to respond during the initial critical period following the quake, thanks to local partner organizations on the ground.

"We are thankful for the many generous Canadians who have given hope to thousands of Haitians," says Ed Epp, Executive Director, cbm Canada.

12 May 2010 description
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Stouffville, ON, May 12, 2010 - On the water's edge of Port-au-Prince, an active boy forges his way through the narrow alley ways between tents, maneuvering over the rough terrain.

Just four months after having his right leg amputated, eight-year-old Sebastian has adapted well to living with crutches and prosthesis in the crowded tent city in Haiti.

"To see him move around the camp with his crutches, you would think he has had them his entire life," says Julie Hard, cbm Canada's physiotherapist in Haiti.

09 Apr 2010 description
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Kitchener, ON, April 9, 2010 - Shelley MacRae knows that saving lives in the wake of a major natural disaster is critical.

But the 32-year-old physiotherapist also believes that it is equally essential for survivors who have disabilities to have ongoing medical care that will give their lives meaning and purpose.

20 Jan 2010 description
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A CBM Emergency team is on the ground in Haiti and has spent the past two days with local Partner organisations giving urgent medical attention to those affected by last week's earthquake. Valérie Scherrer, CBM Emergency Coordinator, and Dr. Martin Ruppenthal, Regional Director for CBM in Latin America and the Caribbean, will continue to work with Partner organisations on the ground to coordinate emergency relief.

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